When I heard that Kakuriyo Bed & Breakfast for Spirits was being compared to both Kamisama Kiss and Spirited Away, I had to jump on it immediately. After reading this first volume, I could exactly see the similarities. The cover of this first volume intrigued me as soon as I saw it. All I needed to see was the nine-tailed fox spirit who resembled a younger version of Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss and another spirit up front in order to say yes to this title. This is the story of Aoi Tsubaki, a college girl who can see spirits. One day, after feeding a swarm of hungry little baby Kappas, a mysterious masked Ayakashi (Spirit, Yokai, however you want to call it) appears in front of her, only saying the words “I’m hungry.” Aoi breaks down and gives the Ayakashi her lunch and takes off for class. When she returns, she finds her lunch box wrapped in a hand towel with strange text written on it and a beautiful rose hair pin. When she unwraps the towel, she is transported to the world of spirits! Now her only choices are to either marry the masked Ayakashi in order to pay off her deceased grandfather’s large debt or be devoured by the spirits! How will Aoi make it through this situation?
This turned out to be a wonderful first read of 2019 for me. It was fun getting to know all the characters and how the inn of this spirit world runs. Everything in this story’s spirit world has a lot of Spirited Away vibes, especially the inn where the story mainly takes place. Ginji, the nine-tailed fox spirit of this story, turned out to be my favorite character. And the food...oh my goodness, the food in this manga! Every panel which featured food made me hungry every time because it always looked so delicious!
Overall, there really isn’t a bad thing about this manga that I could say. As someone who’s been reading a lot of shonen, this was a nice change of pace. This first volume is a great start and I will definitely be picking up future volumes. I also loved the art style; it kept me wanting to read all the way through. I’ll definitely be adding the anime that just aired this past spring/fall season to my queue! I highly recommend this manga if you’re a big fan of Miyazaki's Spirited Away like I am.
Aoi Tsubaki inherited her grandfather’s ability to see spirits—and his massive debt to them! Now she’s been kidnapped and taken to Kakuriyo, the spirit world, to make good on his bill. Her options: marry the head of the inn her grandfather trashed, or get eaten by ayakashi. But Aoi isn’t the type to let spirits push her around, and she’s determined to redeem her grandfather’s IOU on her own terms!Add to CartLearn More